- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 4, 2010
- 2 Comments
- 2010 Summer Transfers, Designated Player, Thierry Henry
This is probably the best news Major League Soccer could have gotten this week. Barcelona boss Joan Laporta told Sport that he has granted Thierry Henry permission to leave the club despite having a season left on his contract, which doesn’t expire until June 2011. (H/T to NY Post reporter Brian Lewis for finding this out today)
“His contract with us will expire in one year. At Barcelona we respect the contracts, but probably he has not done as expected. For this reason I say that he could leave,’’ said Laporta.
This should allow MLS to come in and get Henry either on loan, for free, or at a big time discount from Barcelona.
Henry will likely come to MLS after the World Cup but with this news we could find out sooner where he’ll play (likely New York). Even though yesterday’s news suggested that D.C. United was interested in Henry I know deep down he’ll be in New York and yes I did say I liked him in D.C. better but that was just a personal opinion.
The thought of a Henry-Juan Pablo Angel tandem up top for New York just sounds scary right now. And as good as the Red Bulls have looked this move could easily put them into a worst-to-first kind of situation this year.
I think the bigger news though here is what Henry will bring, which won’t be just himself. With him coming over he’ll likely also bring over several other stars to the league after the World Cup.